Posted On Thursday, 4th April 2013
Ghana defender Baba Abdul Rahman has declared himself available for the U20 World Cup in Turkey.
The Greuther Furth left-back was not called up into the Black Satellites squad that finished second at the 2013 African Youth Championships in Algeria.
This was due to his club’s unwillingness to release the player for the African championships which is not covered by the FIFA regulations on releasing players for national assignments.
But the 18-year-old says he is very much prepared to play for Ghana at the U20 World Cup in June as one of the foreigbn-based prospects to be invited for the tournament to be staged in Turkey.
“I will be very much willing to play for my country at the U20 World Cup if I am invited,” he told MTNFootball.com.
“I am not too sure about the rules regarding the release of players for World Cups, no matter the stage.
“But I am ready to play for Ghana at the World Cup.”
The ex Asante Kotoko full-back also adds the timing of the tournament will be very favourable to his decision to play at the tournament even if his club opposes.
“The tournament is also start in June,” he adds.
“By this time the season in Germany would have ended and we the players on holidays so I think the time is also good.”
The Black Satellites are drawn in a group of death at the World Cup which includes; Spain, France and the USA.
Ghana will open its Group A campaign against European Cup runner’s up; France before facing champions Spain and USA in subsequent games.
Ghana won Africa’s first U20 World Cup in 2009 under current coach Sellas Tetteh.